Crary Family Connections to Franklin County

submitted by Lisa Slaski


Family Outline

1. Nathan Crary, b. Scotland, imm. 1779, d. 1851, St. Lawrence county, NY; m. Lydia Arnold.

2. John Wesley Crary, m. Mindwell P. Holmes, daughter of Judge Lemuel Holmes of Franklin County, NY.

2.1. Charles Wesley Crary, m. Mary P. Porter, daughter of Orlin Porter
2.1.1. Mary Parmelia Crary

2.2. George Holmes Crary, m1. Catherine Phoebe Cooper, m2. Mary A. Betcher
2.2.1. Georgiana Kate Crary, m. Henry L. Bryant
2.2.2. Lillian Miriam Crary, m. Wells Lounsberry

2.3. Harriet Frances Crary, m. Amos Samuel Kimball
2.3.1. Amos William Kimball, m. Victorianna Armijo, daughter of Perfecto Armijo
2.3.2. Lillian Harriet Kimball, m. William R. Abercrombie
2.3.3. Florence Amy Kimball, m. Edgar Russel
2.3.4. John Arthur Crary Kimball, m. ??

2.4. William H. Crary, m. Mary S. Sabin
2.4.1. Florence Mindwell Crary, m. Leon E. Rudd

Various Family Biographies


Lemuel Bicknell Holmes
The Malone palladium., February 03, 1887

The earliest settler in No. 9, on the River road was Lemuel Holmes, who was born in New England about 1773. He married Sally Marsh, and some years after, about 1812, emigrated to Malone. The resided in the village two or three years, and then moved to the place where George Sabin now resides, north of the village, and built a saw-mill. In December 1824, Mr. Holmes came to South Malone, and built his house just south of the burying ground opposite Rodney N. Kimpton's place. At that time the River road was not laid out, and there was no clearing south of Enos Wood's present place. The Holmes family, to reach their new home, came up on the West road and across by the road leading past the George Hicks farm. Mr. Holmes continued to reside in No. 9 something over 12 years, when he sold his farm to Horace Chapman and removed to the place now occupied by Rufus Stancliff at Whippleville, where he died in 1861. In a future paper I shall give some account of his descendants, several of whom still reside in Malone.


John Wesley Crary
The Saint Paul Globe, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Thursday, 1 Jan 1903

Father Fought in War of '76
John Wesley Crary, an Actual Revolutionary Son,
Dies at age 95.

John Wesley Crary, a pioneer of Minnesota and New York state, died at the age of ninety-five, Tuesday evening at the home of his son, Dr. W. H. Crary in the Seville flats, on Mackubin street.

He was born in Potsdam, N.Y., in 1808, and was the second male child born in St. Lawrence county. He came to Minnesota in 1874, and resided with his son in Red Wing till 1884, when he came to St. Paul and has since made his home with his son, Dr. Crary.

In his younger days he was a well known mill builder, having built what were at that time the largest mills in the United States and Canada.

He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution and was one of the two survivors in St. Paul, whose fathers fought in the war of "'76." He was also a prominent member of the Central Park Methodist church.

For a man of his great age Mr. Crary was wonderfully well preserved - his figure was a familiar one on the streets, walking without the aid of a cane, and having the appearance of a man of fifty years.

He is survived by three sons and one daughter -
Dr. C. W. Crary, of Chicago;
Dr. G. W. Crary, of Red Wing;
Dr. W. H. Crary, of this city, and
Mrs. A. S. Kimball, wife of Gen. Kimball, formerly of New York, now of Los Angeles, Cal.
The remains will be taken to Red Wing for interment.


Charles Wesley Crary and family
"HISTORY OF WABASHA COUNTY [Minnesota]," Compiled by Dr. L. H. Bunnell,
Published Chicago by H. H. Hill, Publishers, 1884

Crary, Dr. Charles W., (page 1208), is a native of northern New York, and is descended from a line of Scotch-English ancestors, who settled in the Empire State early in the present century.

The doctor's paternal grandfather, Nathan Crary, was born in Scotland, came to America in 1779, being then fifteen (Errata page reads "twenty") years of age, and settled in Connecticut, where he remained for more than a quarter of a century. A few years before the war of 1812-14, Mr. Nathan Crary removed to St. Lawrence county, New York, locating in Pierpoint, where he died in 1851, at the advanced age of ninety-two years. Nathan Crary married Lydia Arnold, aunt of the late Stephen A. Douglas. She was a native of Brandon, Vermont, and survived her husband about five years. To them were born a large family of children.

Of these, John Wesley Crary, father of Dr. Crary, was one. He was bred a millwright, settled in Potsdam, New York, and carried on a very extensive business along the borders, building the first mills ever erected at Ottawa, then By-town, the capital of the Dominion of Canada. Dr. Crary's lineage on his mother's side was purely English. The family had long been residents of the Empire State, when John Wesley Crary married into it. His wife's name was Mindwell P., daughter of Judge Lemuel Holmes, of Franklin county, New York, and a captain in the war of 1812-14. Mr. J. W. Crary is still living at St. Paul, Minnesota, with his youngest son, Dr. W. H. Crary, of that city, and is in the enjoyment of perfect health. His wife died in Redwing, this state, February 24, 1877, at sixty-six years of age, leaving to her husband and children the memory of a life than which no nobler or more unselfish has been lived among women. To J. W. Crary and his wife were born three sons and one daughter.

The eldest of these children was Charles Wesley Crary, the subject of this sketch, who was born at Potsdam, New York, May 6, 1835, and shortly afterward removed with his parents to the old farm on which he was raised, one and half miles southeast of town. Charles W. Crary received a thorough academic training in the old St. Lawrence Academy, in his native town, from which he graduated in 1855. That same year he entered upon the study of medicine in the office of Carrol C. Bates, M.D., one of the most celebrated surgeons of northern New York. In the fall of 1858, young Crary, having completed his studies at the Albany Medical College, graduated M. D., and receiving his parchments from that institution, located for practice at Fort Covington, New York. The following year, May 4, 1859, Dr. C. W. Crary married Miss Mary P. Porter, also a native of Potsdam, New York, born January 4, 1837, and a graduate of the academy, class of 1856. Miss Porter's father, Orlin Porter, was a prominent clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church; her mother, Pamelia Porter (nee Allen), was a direct descendant of the old Ethan Allen stock of Vermont. The doctor and his wife number a long line of clergymen among their ancestors on both sides of the house. Dr. Crary having married, continued in practice at Fort Covington, until the call came for additional troops in the fall of 1861, when within twenty-four hours' time he enlisted a full company of one hundred men, and tendered his services to the government. These enlistments were upon the express condition that Dr. Crary would remain with the company during its term of service. The company was accepted by the governor of the state, Dr. Crary was commissioned captain, and his command became Co. H, 98 regt. N. Y. Vols. The regiment was ordered to Washington, and in the following spring took the field under McClellan. Capt. Crary was with his regiment until May 31, 1862, when he was wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks, and sent to Annapolis, Maryland. Was in hospital there thirty days and then sent north on sick leave. Returned to his regiment at the expiration of sixty days, and being incapacitated for marching by the injury he had received, was released from his promise to remain with his company, and tendered his resignation as captain of Co. H, to accept the assistant-surgeoncy of the 114th regt. N. Y. Vols. He was soon afterward ordered to the department of the Gulf, under Banks, and reported at Port Hudson. He was in all the engagements fought by that command, ten in number, and served as medical purveyer of the corps (the 19th) until it was ordered to the Shenandoah valley in the summer of 1864. That same fall he was promoted surgeon, and assigned to duty with the 185th regt. N. Y. Vols., then before Petersburg. The doctor was subsequently breveted lieutenant-colonel in the medical department, for honorable and meritorious services in the field, and during the last six months of his service was acting brigade-surgeon of the 1st brigade, 1st division, 5th Army Corps. The war having closed, Dr. Crary was mustered out of the service at Syracuse, New York, July, 1865, after having been on active duty for nearly four years. During this time he was present in seventeen hotly-contested general engagements, besides numerous skirmishes. The chief of these actions were the battles of Fair Oaks, Port Hudson, Pleasant Hill, both of the Winchester fights, Hatcher's Run, Gravely Run and Southside Railroad. The same year that he left the army, Dr. Crary settled in Malone, New York, where he was enjoying a very considerable practice, which he relinquished to accept the post of contract-surgeon U. S. A., at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, his brother-in-law, Maj. A. S. Kimball, being quartermaster of that department. He had been in Fort Gibson about eighteen months, when, in the spring of 1868, the smallpox broke out among the Indians at Cabin creek, some sixty miles up the Grand river from Fort Gibson. Having been recommended for that work by the agents of the Creek, Cherokee and Seminole Indians, Dr. Crary threw up his contract at Fort Gibson, and made special terms with Gen. Parker, commissioner for Indian affairs, to vaccinate all the Indians in the Creek, Cherokee and Seminole nations. Receiving due authority from Washington, and having made all arrangements with the medical department to forward him a fresh supply of non-humanized vaccine- virus every seven days, Dr. Crary entered upon his work. All the details of this service were thoroughly mastered and reduced to a system before it was commenced, and once entered upon it was not relinquished until under his own hand thirty thousand Indians had been vaccinated. The doctor was accompanied for weeks together while upon this duty with Mrs. Crary, camping out as they journeyed from station to station, at which the Indian runners had assembled detachments of the tribes in readiness for the doctor's coming. During the five months spent upon this service, the doctor and his wife only received the kindest and most hospitable treatment at the hands of the tribes among whom they sojourned. In 1869 Dr. Crary removed with his family to Philadelphia, remained thirteen months attending clinical lectures at the Blocksley and Pennsylvania hospitals, received his parchments from Jefferson Medical College in the spring of 1871, and shortly afterward located for practice in the city of St. Louis. The five years spent in this city were very prosperous ones, and during their continuance the doctor built up a lucrative practice, and enjoyed the confidence of the profession, as was evidenced by his being made a permanent member of the American Medical Association, at its session in St. Louis, in 1873. Having become a pronounced homoeopathist in 1875, the doctor formerly relinquished his relations to the old school of practice, and entered upon the newer and more progressive one, in which he has been signally successful. Owing to pecuniary reverses, the result of unsuccessful political aspirations, Dr. Crary resolved to remove from St. Louis, and being charmed with the scenery of this lake region, located here in 1876. During the eight years of his eminently successful practice in this city, Dr. Crary has won for himself hosts of friends, and four years since (1880) received the compliment of an election to the presidency of the Minnesota State Homoeopathic Institute, which position he filled with acceptability. A perfect gentleman in manners, genial in nature, generous to a fault, a fine horseman, a true friend, and a man among men, Dr. Crary-with his smiling face, and his two hundred and thirty pounds avoirdupois-is justly considered the heavyweight of the medical fraternity of Lake City. To Dr. Crary and wife have been born four children, of whom only one survives, the eldest, Minnie P., born at Potsdam, New York, May 21, 1860.


George Holmes Crary
The History of Goodhue County, Including a Sketch of the Territory and State of Minnesota,
Red Wing, Minn., Wood, Alley & Co., St. James Building, 1878, page 502

CRARY, G. H., dentist. Born in St. Lawrence county, N. Y., September 24, 1840. Moved to Malone, Franklin county, N. Y. in the spring of 1860. Graduated at Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, Philadelphia. Married Kate Cooper, April 8, 1861. She was born in Coopersville, Clinton county, N. Y., February 24, 1840, and died August 16, 1874. Mr Crary emigrated to Minneapolis in 1866. Georgie K. and Lillian are his children.


Harriet Frances Crary and Amos S. Kimball
History of the Kimball Family in America from 1634 to 1897,
by Leonard Allison Marrison, A.M., and Stephen Paschall Sharples, S.B.,
Boston, Damrell & Upham, Old Corner Bookstore, 1897

Amos S. Kimball (James, Amos) born at Lawrence, St. Lawrence Co., New York, July 14, 1840; married Nov. 7, 1861, Hattie F. Crary, born Potsdam, N. Y., June 14, 1814, daughter of John W. Crary. He was a private in the Ninetyeighth N. Y. Vol. Inf., Oct., 1861 ; first lieutenant, Ninetyeighth N. Y. Vol. Inf., Nov., 1861; with Casey's division, Fourth Corps, Army of the Potomac; acting regimental quartermaster, Nov., 1862 ; with General Nagle, detached brigade, in North and South Carolina, to March, 1863; assistant commissary of subsistence, Hilton Head, S. C., to April, 1863; with Heckman's brigade, Eighteenth Army Corps, Department of North Carolina, to June, 1863; to March, 1864, acting assistant quartermaster, Roanoke Island, N. C.; depot quartermaster and chief quartermaster, district of North Carolina; captain and assistant quartermaster, U. S. volunteers, April, 1864; at Moorehead City, N. C., April, 1864; charge of water transportation, Fort Monroe, May to Sept., 1864; at Newbern, N. C., to April, 1865; New York city, to August, 1866; Baltimore, Md., to April, 1867; brevet-major, U. S. volunteers, for faithful and efficient services in the quartermaster's department; captain and assistant quartermaster, U. S. army, Nov., 1866; depot quartermaster, chief quartermaster, depot commissary, and chief commissary of subsistence, district of the Indian Territory, Fort Gibson, C. N., May, 1867, to May, 1868; at Fort Hays, Kansas, June, 1868, to June, 1870; and acting assistant commissary of subsistence of that post, June to November, 1868; at Kit Carson, Colorado, March to August, 1871; Fort Union, N. M., September to December, 1871; at Fort Riley, Kansas, December, 1871; then to Boston, Mass.; to Portland, Oregon; to Vancouver, Washington; to Prescott, Arizona; to Los Angeles, Cal.; to Jeffersonville, Ind.; to Chicago, Ill.; to St. Louis, Mo.; to Chicago, Ill. ; to Washington, D. C., and then to San Francisco., Cal., where he is now on duty as chief quartermaster, Department of California.


i. William Amos Kimball, b. Fort Covington, N. Y., July 27, 1862; m. Victorianna Armijo, daughter of Perfecto Armijo of Albuquerque, N. M. He is a clerk in the quartermaster's department, San Francisco.

ii. Lillian Hattiet Kimball, b. Baltimore, Md., Oct., 1867; m. William R. Abercrombie, first lieutenant, Second Infantry, U. S. A. Residence, Fort Omaha.

iii. Florence Amy Kimball, b. Fort Riley, Kansas, Feb., 1874; m. Edgar Russel, first lieutenant, Fifth Artillery, U. S. A. Residence, West Point, N. Y.

iv. John Arthur Crary Kimball, b. Portland, Oregon, Sept., 1884. Student at school in Concord, N. H.


Amos William Kimball
Bulletin of Yale University, Obituary Record of Yale Graduates, 1920-1921,
New Haven, Published by the University, Seventeenth Series, August1, 1921, Number Twenty-Two.

Amos William Kimball, Ph.B. 1885,
Born July 27, 1862, at Fort Covington, N Y.
Died May 25, 1921, at Fort Crook, Nebr

Amos William Kimball was born at Fort Covington, N. Y., July 27, 1862. He was the oldest child of Brigadier General Amos S Kimball, U. S A., and Harriet Frances (Crary) Kimball. During the Civil War his father served as First Lieutenant of the 98th New York Volunteers and as Assistant Quartermaster of Volunteers; he was made Brevet Major of Sheffield Scientific School Volunteers on February 15, 1866, became a Captain in the Regular Army the following November, and was subsequently promoted through the various ranks to Brigadier General, retiring from active service in 1902; he died in 1909. General Kimball's parents were James and Sophia (Taft) Kimball, of Lawrence, N. Y., and he was the grandson of Amos Kimball, of Vergennes, Vt. His wife is the daughter of John Wesley and Mindwell Holmes Crary, of Potsdam, N. Y.

Amos W. Kimball received his preparatory training at Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa. On September 1, 1881, he entered West Point, but resigned on January 20, 1882, and entered the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale. He took his degree with the Class of 1885 S. Immediately after graduation he became clerk and private secretary to his father, who was then stationed at Vancouver Barracks. In 1886 he accompanied his father, who was on the staff of General Nelson A. Miles, to Arizona and New Mexico, where he participated in the Indian campaign which resulted in the surrender of Geronimo and his band of Apaches. He remained in New Mexico until 1895 as agent of the Quartermaster Department, and was then transferred to the headquarters of the Department of California at San Francisco. On May 9, 1898, he was appointed by the Governor of California as First Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster of the 7th California Volunteers. Later in the month he was promoted to be Captain (Assistant Quartermaster). He sailed for the Philippines in July, reaching Manila on August 23, ten days after the surrender of the Spaniards. He had charge of the land transportation of the 8th Army Corps until his return to the United States in 1899, when he was assigned to duty as Quartermaster at the Presidio of San Francisco, where he remained for four years. He had been appointed Captain and Quartermaster in the Regular Army on February 2, 1901, and in 1903 returned to the Philippines to take charge of repairing the public buildings in Manila. During 1905-06 he was in charge of construction work at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was sent again to the Philippines in September, 1906, for two months of special duty, and after his return became assistant to the Depot Quartermaster in New York City, where the next four years were spent. He was promoted to Major and Quartermaster on July 3, 1907, and to Lieutenant Colonel on March 5, 1913. During the period from 1910 to 1918 he was on duty at Denver, Colo.; Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming; Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Chicago, 111., Texas City and Galveston, Texas; the Philippines, and Baltimore, Md. He served with the American Expeditionary Forces as Colonel m the Quartermaster Corps from July, 1918, to October, 1919, being stationed at Nantes and Pans and at Tieves, Germany. After his return to America he spent a year at Norfolk, Va. At the time of his death he was Quartermaster of the 7th Corps Area. He died at Fort Crook, Nebr., May 25, 1921, of acute indigestion. He was buried in the National Cemetery at Arlington, Va., funeral services being held in the chapel at Fort Myer.

Colonel Kimball was a member of the Catholic Church. He was married December 20,1888, at Albuquerque, N. Mex., to
Victonana, daughter of Perfecto and Feberona Armijo. They had five children,-
Florence, the wife of Major Robert C. Brady, Q. M. C;
Edward A., who holds a First Lieutenant's commission in the Infantry;
Juanita; and
-all of whom survive their father. He also leaves his mother and two sisters, Lillian Harriet, the wife of Lieut. Col. William R Abercrombie, U. S. A. ret., and Florence, the wife of Col, Edgar Russel, Signal Corps.


William H. Crary
The History of Goodhue County, Including a Sketch of the Territory and State of Minnesota,
Red Wing, Minn., Wood, Alley & Co., St. James Building, 1878, page 502

CRARY, W. H., dentist. Born in Potsdam, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., April 19, 1846. Moved to Franklin county in 1860, where he received his primary dental education and March 1, 1866, graduated at the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, Philadelphia. Practiced his profession in Malone, Franklin county, N. Y., eight years. In the fall of 1874, came to this city, going into business with his brother. Married Mary S. Sabin, June 17, 1869. Florence M. is his only child


The Morning Call, Paterson, New Jersey, 25 May 1918

Doctor Dies on Erie Train
Victim of Heart Attack
Believed to be Dr. W. H. Crary of Washington

A man believed to be Dr. W. H. Crary of 1823 Belmont road, Washington, D.C., was striken with heart failure on an Erie train last night and was dead when the train arrived here, at 6:15 o'clock.

The deceased man was sitting near a window when he suddenly fell back in his seat attracting the attention of fellow passengers who immediately went to aid him. Water, brandy and artificial respiration were used but to no avail.

Police headquarters was notified and Acting Chief Perry sent a call to the General hosptial. The ambulance doctor pronounced the man dead.

The body was removed from the train to the baggage room and later taken in charge by Undertaker John Vermeulen, 95 Clinton street, and taken to his morgue, where it awaits identification.

A telegram found in the man's pockets was addressed to Dr. W. H. Crary, and for that reason the police believe that this is his name. The hat he wore was bouth in St. Paul, Minn., while he wore a button, "St. Paul's Athletic Club." The deceased who appears to be about seventy-five years old, had no companion on the train.


The Malone Farmer, 12 Jun 1918, page 7

Word has reached Malone of the recent death of Dr. Will Crary, years ago a prominent Malone dentist, who went to St. Paul, about 1875 and established himself there in his profession, where he had since practiced these many years with much success, for he was an expert workman. Dr. Crary was of a prominent St. Lawrence county family and only practiced here a few years, during which Dr. F. E. Taylor, of Malone, served an apprenticeship with him and was for a time in partnership. Dr. Crary and his wife were visiting her sister at Ridgewood, N.J. He had been on a little trip and was found dead on a train at Patterson, N.J. and nothing was found on his person with which to identify him but the stubs of his railroad tickets from St. Paul. His wife was only 15 miles away when he expired, but this was not known and it was with some difficulty that he was identified and word of his death sent to friends. Mrs. Crary is a daughter of the late John A. Sabin, of Franklin county, and has a brother, John, residing in St. Paul. Many old friends of the Crary and Sabin families still reside here and in St. Lawrence county and have learned of Dr. Crary's death with deep regret. He was a man of high standing and charming social qualities, who easily made and retained friends.


Florence Mindwell Crary
The Saint Paul Globe, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Sunday, 9 Nov 1902

Miss Florence Mindwell Crary, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William H. Crary, and Leon E. Rudd will be married Wednesday evening at the home of the bride in the Seville on Kent street. Rev. C. D. Andrews, of Christ church, will perform the ceremony. Miss Ethel Smith will be the maid of honor and A. Jay Rudd, of Green Bay, Wis., will be the best man. After a short wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Rudd will be at home at the Colonade.